This project seeks to preserve, restore and rehabilitate the five (5) principal bronze exit doors, respecting their heritage features, which includes the doors, frames and door hardware, as well as the surrounding elements directly in contact with said doors (granite and limestone finishes).
The exterior bronze doors of EMB are an integral part of its architecture. They were used as a decorative tool to ornament a stern limestone and granite exterior. Today, their once glistening finish has tarnished and no longer serves its decorative purpose. Now dark and speckled with green spots, signs of “bronze disease”, the doors and associated geometric grillwork blend into their surroundings and do not reflect the building’s intended design characteristics.
The doors’ bronze finish is a character-defining element and an important heritage value. The noble material is used throughout the building and is reflective of many federal buildings of the era and is an important alloy when it comes to the preservation of the building.